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Connectivity of green and blue infrastructures: living veins for biodiverse and healthy cities (BIOVEINS-BE)

Research project BR/175/A1/BIOVEINS-BE (Research action BR)


Persons :

  • Dr.  SAMSON Roeland - Universiteit Gent (UGent)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/3/2017-31/3/2020

Description :


Project Objectives
The main objective of BIOVEINS is to provide, together with local stakeholders, the knowledge to identify the critical features of green and blue infrastructure (GBI), to guide the establishment, management and restoration of GBI, and to mitigate the effects of major urban global challenges, like habitat fragmentation, air pollution, and urban heat islands.

This main objective will be accomplished by several specific objectives:
(i) to analyse, together with local stakeholders, the actual and planned GBI from an urban planning perspective, determine representative sampling plots and derive prior actions based on specific objectives (ii) - (iv)
(ii) to assess the FD for a variety of taxonomic groups differing in dispersion ability, sensitivity to environmental conditions and use of resources within GBI to link the considered taxa to Ess and to determine the importance of GBI connectivity on urban biodiversity;
(iii) to assess the impact of proportion, configuration and connectivity of urban GBI on provisioning and regulating Ess by an experimental and modelling approach, and link these Ess to the data obtained in (i-ii) to assess the role of TD and FD on these Ess; and
(iv) to provide tools, best practices, and guidelines for the stakeholders about how to improve urban GBI and how to enhance multifunctional Ess for people and nature.


Documentation :

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